Title I

What is Title I?

Title I is the largest federally-funded program in education.  It was originally signed into law in 1963 by President Lyndon Johnson.  Title I was designed to help students having difficulties with reading and/or mathematics by providing funds for extra attention, as well as materials and teachers.  Monies are appropriated to each state for management and distribution to each school district.

Since it began, the program has gone through numerous name changes.  More recently it is called, the Elementary Secondary Educational Act (ESEA) but it continues to provide supplemental instructional help for those students needing it the most.  Funding is directed to schools with the highest poverty levels.

What is a Title I Schoolwide Program?

Schools must meet certain requirements to be eligible for a Schoolwide Program.  Only schools with poverty levels of 60% or greater can apply for a Schoolwide Title I Program.  It is recommended that the school take a year to gather information and to involve parents, administration and staff in the process of writing the Schoolwide Plan.  The school's strengths and weaknesses are examined to determine the best approach to meet the needs of all students within the school.

George G. Blaisdell (K-2) and School Street Elementary School (3-5) are approved Schoolwide Title I programs.  This means we provide all students with support and assistance.  The Schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school.  The primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are struggling, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards.  The goal is to reinforce the skills taught in our curriculum and assist the student in achieving grade level proficiency in those skills.

Title I Compact

A School-Parent Compact is a document that will be discussed and signed within the first two weeks of the school year with the parent, student, and teacher.  The School-Parent Compact states what the school, parents, and child are willing to do during the school year.  When everyone does their part, the child experiences valuable and lasting success at school.  
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